North York Moors National Park
If you're in the market for wild valleys bruised with heather, then tap "North York Moors" into Google Maps - three quarters of the world's heather moorland is found in Britain, and most of it is concentrated here. No territory is more suited to romantic walks than the area around Sutton Bank - and we're not talking the lovey-dovey kind. Embark on trails that criss-cross ridge tops and brooding pastoral fields via the Moors' archaeological sites and historic landmarks - our favourite being the Rievaulx Abbey. Stick around until evening; low light pollution makes for fantastic stargazing (there's a Dark Skies Festival held every spring), or venture beyond the park proper to shoreside Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay.
Stay: The Talbot